Windows 7 Ultimate released to Beta testers on Connect

Microsoft has now released final RTM builds of 32 and 64 bit Windows 7 to technical beta-testers, with them each getting a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate.  This is exclusively for the 5,000 or so technical testers who received invitations onto the program from Microsoft, and not the people who downloaded the public beta.

Later, volume licencees and Software Assurance customers will be able to download it followed by Action Pack subscribers on August 23rd.

This marks a sad day for technical testers and those who downloaded the public beta.  We’ll have to wait another two and half years to get something flaky that’ll crash our systems and cause driver errors.  What’s more if Windows 8, and I predict that will be its name as 8 is a lucky number in the far east, is anything like Windows 7 in the beta, we won’t even get that luxury.  Ho hum.

There are reports of slow downloads from some quarters but that’s only to be expected at this stage.  Things will no doubt improve within a couple of days and Microsoft’s servers seem to be holding steady.

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3 Responses to Windows 7 Ultimate released to Beta testers on Connect

  1. ema August 7, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    I´m beta tester of windows 7 international and I didn´t received any mail to download the RTM version from Connect.

    • Christel August 12, 2009 at 12:30 am #

      Im also betatested and send in feedback too and later tested RC and send in feedback, Im also in connected registred but no windows 7 rtm here even so I guess not for all. Has now pre-buy it instead on amazon but only home premium cause can not afford ultra version so now I has wait until end october. Sweetbitterness chocolate.

  2. Intrigued August 9, 2009 at 1:12 pm #

    I’m so glad that I wasted my time beta testing this os. I honestly believe all testers should have received a free copy. Now I have to go and spend 200 for a copy? I don’t think so. Microsoft has done nothing but screw me over time and time again. I beta tested Vista and turned in many bug reports. I received nothing but a broken computer at the end of the beta. Now 7 is out and once again, the same thing. Now I have 7RC and it will expire soon so what am I supposed to do? I can’t afford a copy so just because Microsoft wasted my time, I will now pirate 7 and everything microsoft makes for it.


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